Christin E. Huggins (Ph.D., University of Georgia) received her MA from UGA and her BA in Communication Studies from Samford University. Her teaching focuses on engaging students using active learning strategies so that students are invested in their own learning. Dr. Huggins teaches undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication in close relationships, empirical research methods, and interpersonal communication theory. Dr. Huggins demonstrates an enthusiasm for communication, commitment to creative teaching methods, and dedication to relationship building; with the goal of encouraging student achievement academically, professionally, and personally.
Dr. Huggins continues to pursue excellence in teaching through her involvement in Faculty Learning Communities such as the Intersections of Active Learning, Student Development, and Student Success. Her participation in the Faculty Learning Community: Intersections of Academic Success and Wellbeing in Learning Environments has lead to the development of the Wellbeing Advisory Committee for the University of Georgia, of which Dr. Huggins is a founding member.
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Communication Studies (2014)
M.A., University of Georgia, Speech Communication (2010)
B.A., Samford University, Communication Studies, Magna Cum Laude (2008)
Dr. Huggins research has focused on how individuals strategically manage problematic discussions, such as conflicts and serial arguments, with close others. Her work on romantic, dating relationships has examined how one's communicative goals for a conflict interaction motivate nonverbal expression of emotions, both positive and negative. Dr. Huggins' work has also explored how multiple goals facilitate the enactment of destructive conflict behaviors, including demanding and withdrawing, from a conflict discussion as well as how these specific behaviors influence episodic conflict outcomes.
As project manager of a National Institute of Health grant with PI Dr. Jennifer Samp, Huggins' research explored the dynamics of family conflict, by examining how parents communicatively manage conflicts across the marital and parent-child subsystems of the family. Her work has demonstrated that the conflict strategies and emotions expressed toward one's romantic partner in a martial conflict can be transferred to conflict interactions with one's adolescent child. Dr. Huggins continued this research as part of an OIBR faculty seed grant in conjunction with Dr. Jennifer Samp to explore conflict dynamics between parents and middle adolescent children.
2021 Outstanding Teaching Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Advisor, UGA Young Dawgs Program